Research Initiatives & Findings

The association and our member hospitals conduct research to improve the quality, cost and performance of clinical care, and the effectiveness of children's health care public policy.

These resources include research findings and outcomes available to all members or the public, and key articles in major peer-reviewed journals.


Maternal Depression May Alter Stress and Immune Markers in Children
October 16, 2018

Research suggests depression in women may affect their children's stress and well-being.

Pediatric Suicide-Related Hospital Visits Double
July 19, 2018

The number of encounters at children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide increased steadily from 2008-15.

Brain Imaging Research Could Lead to Improved Outcomes for Preterm Babies
May 16, 2018

Researchers are working to develop biomarkers to identify and treat at-risk preterm infants.

Opioid Ingestion Leading to Increase in PICU Admissions
April 27, 2018

Rising number of children need PICU treatment following opioid ingestion.

New Study Shows Omega Fatty Acid Supplement Reduces Autism Symptoms in Preemies
April 12, 2018

Omega supplementation study showed positive changes in autism spectrum disorder assessment scores.

Military Funds Research of Cannabis-based Autism Treatment for Kids
March 1, 2018

Trial aims to study the effectiveness of cannabidivarin on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Placenta Affects Why One Twin is Smaller than the Other
January 24, 2018

A study finds that slower transport of oxygen from mother to baby across the placenta predicts slower fetal growth, as well as a smaller brain and ...

Researchers Link ADHD with Childhood Trauma
August 9, 2017

Researchers find a significant association between adverse childhood experiences and ADHD.

Suicide Admissions to Children's Hospitals Double over the Last Decade
May 9, 2017

Research uses PHIS data from 32 children's hospitals across the U.S.

7 Future Breakthroughs in Pediatric Research
May 4, 2017

Researchers say the potential for scientific advances in child health research has never been greater.

How This Pediatric Researcher Uses Data to Do His Job
May 2, 2017

Richard Aplenc specializes in caring for children with leukemia. Here's how data helps him do his job.

Children's Hospitals Participate in Nation's Largest Autism Study
April 19, 2017

Autism experts from children's hospitals across the country will join other leading health care institutions to participate in the largest autism ...

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections on the Rise for U.S. Children, Study Says
March 8, 2017

Antibiotic-resistant infections rose almost 700 percent in three years in children.

New Center Aims to Advance Care and Research for Patients with Rare Diseases
March 8, 2017

To advance the care and treatment of children and adults with rare diseases, Children's National Health System announced it formed the Children’s ...

Rate of Toddlers Hospitalized from Opioid Poisoning on the Rise
February 14, 2017

A new study finds the rate of children hospitalized from opioid poisoning has increased over the last 16 years.

Retail Medical Clinics Do Not Reduce ER Visit Costs, Study Finds
February 14, 2017

A new study finds that retail medical clinics do not help reduce emergency room visits or lower health care costs.

Stress During Pregnancy Could Have Long Term Effect on Child's Health
February 14, 2017

Stress, which can cause depression and anxiety, is best avoided—especially if a woman is pregnant, according to a new study presented at the annual ...

25 Biggest Pediatric Health Care Innovations in 25 Years
February 8, 2017

Here's a look at significant trends and innovations in pediatric health care from the last 25 years.

Strategies to Better Serve the Emergency Department Population
February 2, 2017

Hospitals implement strategies to better serve the emergency department population, which helps improve care and reduce costs.

Congress Passes the 21st Century Cures Act
December 9, 2016

The Cures Act includes pediatric provisions related to research, clinical trial design and strengthening of the workforce.

Pediatric Patients with Existing Mental Health Conditions Have Longer Hospital Stays
December 6, 2016

New research shows how comorbid mental health conditions can impact a child's care in the hospital.

CDC Study: Antibiotic Reactions Bringing Kids to the Emergency Department
December 6, 2016

Antibiotic reactions are the leading cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events among children and adolescents.

For this Children's Hospital CEO, the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer is Personal
November 28, 2016

Children's hospitals join an initiative to develop the next-generation standards for treating pediatric cancer.

Colorado Health Care Partnership Spurs New Discovery and Innovation
November 15, 2016

From "What if?" to "What's next?" Children's Hospital Colorado joins health innovation hub to support new discovery in children's health care.

Building Benchmarks for Pediatric Care: Patients Hospitalized for Asthma, Bronchiolitis and Pneumonia
July 8, 2016

This study shows how hospitals were able to reduce variation in care and reduce costs for common inpatient conditions.